All audience members will be required to wear masks and will be socially distanced when they are seated by our ushers. While we think the best viewing of our show is in the State-of-the-Art facilities and theatre at Black Rock Church. 

If for any reason you are uncomfortable coming inside a 925 seat theater and sitting with about 300 other people, socially distanced, and spread out in masks, you can still see Footloose outdoors!

The two Saturday shows on Aug 21st (2pm and 7pm) are the shows that will have this option.   (Not Friday opening night.) 

The tickets are half price at $18 (which is the price of a children’s ticket) for all outdoor seating.

You will buy them in the lobby when you arrive. They will not be pre-sold in case of rain. There is not a tent. 

Bring your own chairs.  Bring snacks if you like!

The Process to sit outside: You will come in the lobby of the main entrance of Black Rock Church, buy your tickets, get your hand stamped, and then our usher will show you out to the back area!

To buy tickets for indoor seating you can use the button below.

For outdoor seating please wait to buy until you arrive.

NPT presents “Footloose,” the Broadway hit musical, live on stage August 20th and 21st at Black Rock Church in its state-of-the-art theatre. The production will feature London West End star, Craig Pinder (original London cast of Les Miserables as Jean Valjean) as Reverend Shaw Moore and newcomer, Ramone Nelson, in the featured role of Ren McCormack.

WESTON, Conn. – The New Paradigm Theatre Company presents “Footloose,” the Broadway hit musical, live on stage August 20th and 21st at Black Rock Church in its state-of-the-art theatre. The production will feature West End London star, Craig Pinder, (original London cast of Les Miserables as Jean Valjean) as Reverend Shaw Moore and newcomer, Ramone Nelson, in the featured role of Ren McCormack.“Footloose is about an outsider moving to a small town that is dealing with oppressive laws. With everything that is happening right now, I’m excited to bring my experience as a Black man in this society to the story.” says Nelson.

“Footloose” is a musical based on the 1984 PG-rated film of the same name. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing.  The heartfelt story that emerges pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top Forty score, augmented with dynamic new songs, “Footloose” celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind.

The New Paradigm Theatre Company (NPT) is a nonprofit organization promoting social responsibility and fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through arts education and theatrical productions. NPT offers online and in-person classes, workshops and seminars that build bridges across diverse communities. They produce professional shows that often assist other local nonprofits with strategic partnerships that highlight theatre and the arts as key components of a healthy community.

For their summer production of “Footloose”, NPT is proud to partner with Kids Helping Kids. The mission of Kids Helping Kids is to develop leadership skills among students through youth-led service projects. They empower students to have a proactive attitude toward change by taking their passion and turning it into action to benefit low-income children in the community. Over 132 local schools have been involved with KHK because KHK gives students a voice, the tools, the belief in themselves and a path to make a difference now. “Kids Helping Kids is in perfect alignment with the message provided by Footloose. Our nonprofit has been focused on the power of youth and their voice for the past 10 years,” says executive director,  Jennifer Bentley.

NPT often features local “stars” in the community in their productions and this year the role of “Principal Clark” will be played by Superintendent, Dr. Rydell Harrison.  He recently gained national attention due to his innovated “Snow Day” videos for his Easton/Redding  school district. 

“The stewardship of other people’s children is one of the primary drivers in how we have decided to produce specific elements of Footloose. We have given specific attention to staging and content in the hopes of creating a family-friendly and COVID-safe environment.” says director and choreographer, J.Clayton Winters. “While the Broadway musical shares a name and plot with the 1980’s film, there are significant differences. What remains, and I feel is strengthened in the the musical adaptation, is the message of Grace and Forgiveness.”

Performances of “Footloose” are August 20th at 7p.m. and August 21st at 2 p.m or 7 p.m. Tickets are  $18-$35 for adults and youth, $30 for seniors and $50 for VIP, which can be purchased online at: 

or by calling (203) 357-5021. 

Black Rock Church is located 3685  Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06825. 

For more information about The New Paradigm Theatre Company, visit 

For more information about Kids Helping Kids, visit


REN MCCORMACK –  Ramone Nelson 


ARIEL MOORE – Megan Hasse

WILLARD HEWITT – Raul Calderon

RUSTY –  Erika Spondike

CHUCK CRANSTON –  Lance Jewett

VI MOORE –  Kristin Huffman 

ETHEL MCCORMACK – Barbara Distinti 

LULU WARNICKER  –   Marion Howard 

WES WARNICKER  –  Dom Mantuano

PRINCIPAL HARRY –  Dr. Rydell Harrison

COACH ROGER DUNBAR  –  Sean Griffin 

ELEANOR DUNBAR –  Carolyn Savoia 

BETTY BLAST/IRENE  –   Debra Antari 

COWBOY BOB   –    Steve Musitano

LASS O    –     Tori Stapleton



Director/Choreographer-  J. Clayton Winters        Assistant Choreo – Elizabeth McQuire

Musical Director –  Chris Coogan                     Assistant Director – Katherine Griffin

Costume Designer –  Elizabeth Saylor         Lighting Designer  –  Elizabeth James

Set Designer   –  Scott Cally         Sound Design   – In Phase Audio

Media  – Mark Holleran (Holleran Media) 

Stage Management –  Peggy Samuels, Margot Weiss,  Shawna Pelletier  

Producing Artistic Director   – Kristin Huffman

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